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5:50 PM ET, January 31, 2017

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CNN:
First on CNN: Trump bringing Supreme Court favorites to Washington  —  (CNN)The two judges who have been considered the top finalists to be President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman — are being brought to Washington ahead of tonight's White House announcement, sources tell CNN.
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Benny Johnson / IJR:
Exclusive: President Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Confirmed by Two High-Ranking Officials  —  Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Discussion: Townhall.com, RedState and KTLA
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Roe v. Wade: How Trump's Appointment of a Supreme Court Justice Might Affect Abortion Rights
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and Politico
CNN:
Democrats consider backing off big battle over Trump's Supreme Court pick
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Dems delay Sessions vote  —  Senate Democrats used a procedural move Tuesday to stall a committee vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  's nomination to be attorney general, one day after the growing controversy surrounding President Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim nations led to the firing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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The Huffington Post:
Senate Democrats Boycott Key Votes On 2 Top Trump Nominees
Bloomberg:
Democrats Escalate Fight Over Sessions After Trump Fires Yates
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Mike Allen / Axios:
Under fire, Trump weighs new changes to refugee ban
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Trump's Talk About Muslims Led Acting Attorney General to Defy Ban
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Meg Wagner / New York Daily News:
First President Trump-ordered raid kills 8-year-old American girl, six years after her teenage …
Discussion: The Intercept
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs  —  The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living …
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Weigh Child-Pornography Charges Against Anthony Weiner  —  Former congressman is being investigated for sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl  —  Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former Rep. Anthony Weiner …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Heat Street
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Prosecutors mull child porn charges for Weiner: report
Discussion: RedState
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump's travel ban polarizes America - Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Americans are sharply divided over President Donald Trump's order to temporarily block U.S. entry for all refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries, with slightly more approving the measure than disapproving …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Wall Street Journal Editor: Stop Calling The Travel Ban Countries “Majority Muslim”  —  Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerry Baker has instructed editors to stop referring to the countries targeted in President Trump's travel and refugee executive order as “seven majority Muslim countries” …
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Upset in WSJ newsroom over editor's directive to avoid ‘majority Muslim’ in immigration ban coverage
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
DeVos questionnaire appears to include passages from uncited sources  —  President Trump's nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official.
Kim Hart / Axios:
Trump wants to prevent a DNC-like hack from hitting government  —  Trump sat down with Rudy Giuliani, his new cybersecurity adviser, to discuss an impending executive order aimed at safeguarding the nation's critical infrastructure and the systems used by intelligence agencies from future cyber attacks.
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump, recalling DNC hack, boasts of his election win to cyber experts
Discussion: ABC News
Mike Allen / Axios:
Team Hillary blames Obama more than Putin  —  The worst-kept secret inside Democratic circles is how bitter Hillary Clinton's team is at President Obama over her election loss.  We have heard from numerous, anguished people in Clinton-land blaming Obama — more than Putin, FBI Director James Comey or …
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement … White supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies.  A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer takes issue with ‘ban’ label used by Trump  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Tuesday at his daily briefing that the executive order signed by the president last week does not constitute a “travel ban.”  Just over an hour earlier, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the same.
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CBS News:
Oprah Winfrey becomes special contributor to “60 Minutes”  —  Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed broadcaster, producer, actress and philanthropist, will become a special contributor to “60 Minutes,” the news magazine's executive producer Jeff Fager announced on Tuesday.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Can Jared and Ivanka Outrun Donald Trump's Scandals?  —  Less than a fortnight into his new post, Kushner appears unable to control his father-in-law—and is “furious” that his efforts are being undermined.  —  On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump descended upon the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes flanked …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Westminster: Meet the New Breeds  —  The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the most prestigious canine competition in the United States, has added three new breeds to its annual event, which for the first time will also include a program featuring cats.  —  The introduction of the new breeds …
Discussion: Refinery29 and The Week
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republican Fausts  —  Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump.  They don't particularly admire him as a man, they don't trust him as an administrator, they don't agree with him on major issues, but they respect the grip he has on their voters …
E.J. Schultz / Ad Age:
See Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad About an Immigrant's Tale  —  Budweiser is dialing the clock back to 1857 for its Super Bowl ad that tells the brand's origin story.  But the tale about Adolphus Busch's arduous journey to America from Germany comes off as very relevant today amid …
Discussion: Mediaite, Refinery29 and The Week
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump trip canceled; Harley Davidson wasn't comfortable with likely protests  —  US President Donald Trump speaks to the staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017.  Trump vowed to restore “control” of US frontiers as he moved Wednesday to fulfil his pledge to …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices  —  The new plan is tax cuts and deregulation.  —  A lot happened in the 2016 campaign, but one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to the left on a number of key issues …
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Trump's Favorite Voter-Fraud Activist Hedges His Claims  —  Did 3 million people vote illegally in the 2016 election?  There's no evidence that's true, but President Trump certainly believes so, making news his first week in the White House by ordering an investigation into that allegation.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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Fox News:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Bloomberg:
Le Pen's Main Rival Hit by Fresh Scandal in French Election
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 Earlier Items: 
Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
Cancel the Oscars  —  Trump's immigration order has grave implications …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
How Obama will take on Trump  —  Barack Obama and his aides expected …
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
Indivisible Kentucky:
Military Flying TRUMP FLAG in Louisville, KY
Department of Homeland Security:
Statement from Secretary Kelly on the President's Appointment of Thomas D. Homan as Acting ICE Director